MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 11: Patrick Cripps of the Blues (right) and Sam Petrevski-Seton of the Blues celebrate during the 2019 AFL round 08 match between the Carlton Blues and the Collingwood Magpies at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on May 11, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Photos)

Carlton co-captain Patrick Cripps is hopeful that the Blues will finally return to finals this season.

Cripps, a dual All-Australian and triple best and fairest winner, was drafted to the Blues 2013 and is still yet to play in a final.

Speaking to reporters on Monday, Cripps insisted his teammates were ready to let their “actions do the talking” and end a six-year September drought.

“I want to play finals footy, there’s no doubt about that,” Cripps said.

“I’ve been at the club for six years, a lot of us have been through some really tough losses but we’ve really started to grow as a group and it’s been a couple of years now where we’ve solidified a group that’s taking us forward.

“A lot of these younger guys are now the age between 23-26 years where your performance really starts to spike.

“So we know actions do the talking but we’re excited to have a crack at it.”

It comes after Cripps announced the club’s ‘Back our Baggers’ campaign.

The Blues have opted to take an opportunity to thank their loyal members and not display another sponsor on the back of their guernsey.

Carlton have opted for a different use of the space – they will on three occasions raffle off the chance for members to have their name on the back of a players match-worn jumper.

The player will sign the jumper and it will be awarded to the lucky members who had their name drawn.

If a winning member’s designated player is in Champion Data’s best five players on the ground, the member will go into the draw for a brand new Hyundai car.

Cripps commended the club and major sponsor Hyundai for the initiative.

β€œIt’s a good way to show that we’re all in this together,” Cripps said.

β€œI know some of the members, the kick they’ll get out of having their name on the back of the jumper will be pretty special for them.

β€œThat’s the best way we can honour everyone.”

The tough onballer said the impact the pandemic has had an impact on every member and the club are aware some are going through some tough times.

“Some of our members have been through some really tough times, not only in the last few years but (especially) recently.

He added: “Anytime you can give back (is great), the members support for the club and us giving something back shows we are all in this together.

“Footy’s just a game, but some of those members (who win the raffle), the kick they’ll get out of seeing their name on the back of the jumper will be pretty special for them.”

The Blues will first wear the tribute jumper in Round 4 against Essendon.